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UPDATE: Paris Anding sentenced, asks Andrews family for forgiveness

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At his sentencing on Monday, Paris Anding broke down in tears and asked the family of Marcellus Andrews to forgive him.

The 20-year-old was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter last month in the death of 19-year old Marcellus Andrews. On Monday, Anding was sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison and $150,000 in restitution.

Paris entered the courtroom wearing a black and white jumpsuit, his hands and feet in cuffs.  The Andrews family made victim impact statements, explaining how the crime has affected their lives. Marcellus' mother, Velma Andrews, took the stand and said she misses her son every day. She said she is trying to find the positive in this horrible situation.

When Anding was given an opportunity to speak, he turned to face Velma Andrews and begged her to forgive him.

During Anding's trial, the prosecution said Anding was intentional about his actions in the events that led up to the fatal beating of Marcellus Andrews last August. Anding responded to a call from his aunt, got a baseball bat, and went with a group of people to a fight on Cottage Street.

"He took a baseball bat to the back of someone's head. And it's clear that Marcellus Andrews did not see that coming," said Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson.

The defense maintained Anding hit Andrews in a split second decision to defend his aunt, when he saw Andrews coming towards her with something in his hand.

"The evidence does show Paris Anding's actions were justified. When he raises that it forces Paris to hit him first," said defense attorney Steven Addington.

But only Paris Anding and Jeremy Lowe testified they saw Marcellus Andrews carrying some kind of weapon. So the prosecution questioned their credibility, and said ultimately, Anding knew his actions would cause serious harm to Andrews.

"You take a baseball bat, you load it up with enough pressure and enough force and execute a swing that crushes a person's skull - it is not rocket science here. You know what is going to happen to that person," Ferguson said.

Anding was charged with second-degree murder, but ultimately the jury settled on the lesser charge of volunteer manslaughter.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Black Hawk County Courthouse.

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